Reading & Writing Workshop: In Defiance
There are so few stories about enslaved people in the North. Each little notice is a vignette, it's a story of someone's life. It puts a face on this whole human experience.—Susan Stessin-Cohn
In Defiance: Runaways in New York’s Hudson Valley, 1735-1831 contains hundreds of notices of people who took liberation into their own hands. Each notice presents a glimpse into a dark space. We will use our words, spoken and written, to illuminate our dark history and bring the evidence of these defiant human beings to life through story.
Susan Stein-Cohn, former professor of social studies education at SUNY New Paltz and Director of Education at Historic Huguenot Street, is currently the Historian for the Town of New Paltz, New York.
Using AWA workshop method, participants will be led in a number of writing activities designed to help them delve deeper into the lives we are introduced to through notices of those who defied enslavement by running away. Your imaginations will be put to work to flesh out the stories hidden behind ads for the people who chose to run. Our writing will honor these individuals by emphasizing their humanity through story.
Writing Workshop Leader: Kate Hymes, Wallkill Valley Writers
Full Day - $100. To reserve your seat $50 deposit by October 9. Blance due on or before October 14.
Half-day (AM only) - $40
Discounted Registration for wVw Writers or (weekly workshop or Write Saturday'17 writers) - $80
Books will be available for purchase at event from Susan Stessin-Cohn.
Mail registration to:
Wallkill Valley Writers
5 North Oakwood Terrace
New Paltz, NY 12561